The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has named Sharon Nordman Ogle "Organizing Regent" of a New Chapter in Ogle County. The New Chapter is working to organize with the Illinois State Organizing Secretary and the Office of the Organizing Secretary General in Washington, DC. Following in chronological order is a summary of planning meetings held so far:
We would like to announce at this time that you are welcome to join us as an "Organizing Member". We first have to "organize" with the help of National and IL State Organization before we are a full-fledged Chapter. Those coming in to our group on the "ground floor" and early in the organization will be known as "Organizing Members" and after we are "organized" the members joining after that for the first year will be known as "Charter Members". The "Organizing Members" will also be "Charter Members". If you would like to join the National Society and be a member of our new Chapter we welcome you to contact me, Sharon at Mikkiana57@aol.com . If you are already a member and don't have a local Chapter to attend, you may also contact me about membership. If you are writing to me via e-mail, please put in the subject box, NEW DAR CHAPTER, and I will give your mail preferential treatment.
The Chapter will include towns that are located in Ogle County including Polo, Mount Morris, Oregon, Leaf River, Forreston, Byron, and Stillman Valley, but not excluding ladies in adjacent communities or counties. There are many ladies living in rural areas that will be eligible for the NSDAR and are welcome to be involved with this new Chapter also. It is our intent to meet in different locations and/or communities where our members reside and is convenient for all membership.
If you would like to find out more about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution you may search at: http://dar.org
Who is eligible for membership in DAR?
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than 18 years of age and who can prove lineal blood descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death.
Admission to membership in the NSDAR provides a unique opportunity to establish a family's heritage and service to the nation
Any interested lady is urged to contact Sharon at Mikkiana57@aol.com or at her telephone number (815) 234-8830. She can also help you with documentation of your application as she has been a Registrar of a NSDAR Chapter and is knowledgeable in this facet of the DAR.
The first "Planning Meeting" of the new "Organizing Chapter" NSDAR in Leaf River, Ogle County was held on February 15, in Oregon at the Ruby Nash Museum at 10:00 AM with eleven ladies present, including the Division II Director of Rockford.
Object of the meeting was to discuss and vote on three prospective names for the forthcoming Chapter and then send to National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Office of the Organizing Secretary General in Washington, DC. The Office of the Organizing Secretary General will choose one of the three names, if one should be acceptable, for the new Chapter to be known.
Ladies from Polo, Mount Morris, Rockford, Stillman Valley, Oregon, Chicago, and Leaf River were present for this first planning meeting. Organizing Chapter Regent, Sharon Nordman Ogle, headed the meeting with the assistance of Lois Carpenter Cline.
The second "Planning Meeting" was held on March 15 again in the Ella Chaney Room of the Ruby Nash Museum in Oregon with thirteen ladies present. The ladies are awaiting word from Washington, DC verifying the name of their new organizing Chapter. As soon as the name is authorized, it will be posted at this site.
Twelve Organizing Members of the proposed Ogle County Chapter, NSDAR met in the home of Hostess, Mrs. Tommy (Ann) Nordman Lantz on Saturday, April 26 for their third "planning meeting" to further organize this foundling Chapter. The Ella Chaney Estate, "The Pines", was prominent in the 1800s and early to mid 1900s for it's beauty and location. The Lantz couple has restored, remodeled, refurbished and "added-on" to the gracious old home still maintaining its' loveliness. Paynes Point "center" is located about one mile from the Lantz home which was a thriving little community in the time frame stated above. The "Point" was a settlement of Aaron Paine in 1835. Settlers would signal from Dixon to Lighthouse Point to Paine's Point. (Somewhere in "time" Paines was changed to Paynes). Further up what is now Brick Road which ran through the center of Paynes Point, once sat the Buckhorn Tavern (a three-story stone house) built by Captain Thomas Stinson (an ancestor of Mrs. Lantz) which was used as an inn during the early days when stagecoach travelers going West would often stop for a respite as it was located on the C & I Trail. Captain Thomas Stinson was a 2nd great-grandson of Captain Caleb Page, a Patriot in the Revolutionary War. Captain Page is one of Mrs. Lantz' Patriots for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ladies present for the third meeting of the Organizing Chapter: Mrs. Shawn (Elizabeth) Nordman Halfman, Rockford; Mrs. Neil (Diane) Wenck, and Mrs. Tommy (Ann) Nordman Lantz, Chana; Mrs. Willard (Louise) Godfrey Nordman Little, Byron; Mrs. Howard (Lois) Carpenter Cline, Mrs. Walter (Genneil) Carpenter Anderson, Susan (Dirksen) Strickler, Mrs. Joseph (Beth) Baker Simeone, all of Oregon; Ms. Deborah Patterson, Polo; Mrs. Richard (Connie) Beard Mongan, Mount Morris; Mrs. Lawrence (Karen) Frisk Hilliard, Davis Junction; and the Organizing Regent, Mrs. Jeffrey (Sharon) Nordman Ogle, Leaf River. The group discussed upcoming dates (which will be posted below for anyone interested and wishing to join the Organizing Chapter) and the duties of the individual offices within the Proposed Chapter. The offices have been tentatively filled and when the Chapter is "Organized" these officers will be installed by the sitting Illinois State Regent at the Celebration Meeting in September.
· June 11 - 9:30 AM DAR Mini
Tour for District I and II - Woodhull, IL
· June 21 Fourth Planning Meeting Organizing Chapter
· July 07 "Organizing Meeting"
· July 19 "State Officers Luncheon" - Springfield, Illini Country Club
· September 20 "Celebration Meeting"
Any lady over the age of 18 years is eligible for membership into this society that can prove lineage descent from a person participating in some area of the Revolutionary War. If you are wishing information about the NSDAR and membership application you may contact Mrs. Jeffrey (Sharon) Nordman Ogle of Leaf River at (815) 234-8830. There are more ladies presently working on documentation for their lineage into the society. Sharon has been a Registrar for a local NSDAR Chapter and will help and prepare the application papers for you. If there are any of the above meetings that you would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Ogle for further information and also so the group could make plans for your attendance. The "Organizing Membership" has expanded to over 32 and they very possibly would have to allow for a larger meeting place. Any persons obtaining membership into this "Organizing Chapter" after the "Organizing" date of July 7 will be a "Charter Member" within the first year of organization. This will be an historic event for Ogle County to have a new NSDAR Chapter. Many existing Chapters across the United States of America were founded over one hundred years ago.
(Historical references taken form
the 1976 History of Ogle County - Bicentennial Edition, and research
of NSDAR application papers.)
"The Pines" as it was known when Ella Chaney owned the Lantz home is located on 7778 East Lindenwood Road.
Illinois State Officers of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution traveled to Leaf River from Naperville, Pinckneyville, and Bloomington to meet with the Organizing Membership of the prospective Chapter for the "Preliminary Meeting" for a Salad Bouquet Luncheon on Saturday, May 31. Thirty members and guests gathered at the Bertolet Building for the long awaited day since the inception of the prospective Chapter for a "get-acquainted period" between the State, District II and Chapter membership and to be present to sign the "Report of Organization of Chapter" in the presence of the Illinois State Regent, Mrs. Joyce (Lyle) Hinshaw of Bloomington.
On July 7 during the 112th Continental Congress of the NSDAR the organizing chapter of Leaf River will be known as the "Captain Joseph Ogle Chapter" at which time they will be assigned their national chapter code and may start the works of the NSDAR in the Ogle County area.
The Objectives of the Society of the NSDAR is "to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence. To cherish, maintain and extend the institution of American Freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country and aid in securing for all mankind all the blessings of liberty." The foundling Chapter will go forth after their organization in July to extend these objectives throughout the county. Many towns and villages are represented through the membership of this group including Oregon, Mount Morris, Polo, Forreston, Leaf River, Stillman Valley, Davis Junction, Chana, Byron, Rockford and Chicago areas, plus many towns outside of the state of Illinois.
Membership present for the "signing" of the Organizing Report were as follows: Margaret Franklin Adams, Alice "Genniel" Carptenter Anderson, Mary Svayko Bacon, Margaret "Lois" Carpenter Cline, Mary Elizabeth Kanupp Gober, Elizabeth Nordman Halfman, Karen Frisk Hilliard, Ann Nordman Lantz, Andrea Johnston Lape, Louise Nordman Godfrey Little, Lisa Johnston Marcinek, Carol Stevens Miller, Connie Beard Mongan, Sharon Nordman Ogle, Deborah Sue Patterson, Marian "Jessie" Nelson Rushford, LaVine Elizabeth Baker Simeone, Deborah Klawitter Slager, and Susan Dirksen Strickler.
Membership unable to attend the meeting who will sign the report at a later date or who have sent their signature to the office of the Organizing Secretary General in Washington, DC are: Kris Garman Carter, Sue Frisk Cramer, Helen McAffee Debnam, Tina Lantz Fruin, Ginger Marie Greenfield, Grace Whitehurst Grimm, Alice Elizabeth Anderson Hall, Suzanne Ogle Jackson, Andrea Elizabeth Leather, Eve Anderson Leather, Christine Ogle Molck, Helen Lucille Lewis McAffee Moser, Sally J. M. Schell Norris, Kristine Leather Paris, Meegan Weyrauch Reidy, Anne "Rosalie" Carpenter Weyrauch, and Mary Esther Weyrauch.
A number of women in the area are working on their papers including Pat Franklin, Barbara Barnes, Diane Wenck and Kim Boyden. Sharon Ogle, Organizing Chapter Regent extends an invitation to any woman who would like information about the society to contact her at (815) 234-8830. Mrs. Ogle and the incoming Chapter Registrar, Mrs. Mary (Deane) Bacon will be available to work with interested women on their documentation and membership application papers.
Mrs. Joyce Hinshaw (IL State Regent) spoke to the group on the aspects of the Daughters and challenges of the National Society. Mrs. Hinshaw presented the Organizing Chapter Regent, Mrs. Ogle, with a gavel and block for their Chapter - also given to the Chapter from Mrs. Hinshaw was the latest edition of the "Centennial History of the Illinois State Organization National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1991", "Official Procedure and Protocol of the NSDAR", and a copy of "Biennial Proceedings of the 104th and 105th Annual State Conferences". A gift of the American Flag and the official National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Flag were presented to Organizing Chapter Regent Mrs. Ogle by the IL State Organizing Secretary, Mrs. Martha (Clayton) Emling to be used during the Chapter Meetings. State and District officers who were guests sitting at the head table for the luncheon with Mrs. Ogle were Mrs. Joyce Hinshaw (IL State Regent), Mrs. Martha Emling (IL State Organizing Secretary), Mrs. Patricia Stahler (IL State Registrar) and Mrs. Alice Uphouse (District II Director). Mrs. Audrie Christiansen (Incoming District II Director, effective in July) and Mrs. Lois DeGarmo (Incoming Regent) of the Elder William Brewster Chapter in Freeport were also guests of the Organizing Chapter.
The officers of the Captain Joseph
Ogle, Organizing Chapter, are as follows:
v Regent - Sharon Nordman Ogle - Leaf River
v Vice Regent - Connie Mongan - Mount Morris
v 2nd Vice Regent - Susan Strickler - Oregon
v Chaplain - Deborah Patterson - Polo
v Recording Secretary - Deborah Slager - Polo
v Corresponding Secretary - Karen Hilliard - Davis Junction
v Treasurer - Elizabeth Halfman - Rockford
v Registrar - Mary Bacon - Mount Morris
v Historian - Lois Cline - Oregon
v Librarian - Beth Simeone - Oregon
A grateful appreciation is extended to Mrs. Ann Lantz and Mrs. Karen Hilliard who presented a beautiful Salad Bouquet Luncheon for the festive day. Mrs. Connie Mongan is also extended a special "thank you" for the lovely "settings" she created for the meeting. Mrs. And Mrs. Deane (Mary) Bacon designed the Chapter Pins which were voted upon of which one was chosen to be representative of the Chapter - this pin will be ordered and available to members and the public sometime this summer. The Bacons did a tremendous job on the design and presentation of the Chapter Pin and the Chapter members applaud them for their talents. The talents of a three generation family (Mrs. Carol Miller, Mrs. Lisa Marcinek, Mrs. Andrea Lape and her daughter, Miss Sarah Malcomson) were shared when they led the singing of the National Anthem. Miss Malcomson was the flutist accompanist for the trio. The next scheduled "Board Meeting" (all Board Members and any interested organizing members are asked to attend) for the Organizing Chapter is June 21 - 9:30 AM in the Bertolet Library - Leaf River, which will be discussion pertaining to the "Organization Meeting". Sharon Ogle and Beth Halfman hosting. The Library is located on South Main Street in Leaf River south of the school.
Submitted by: Sharon Nordman Ogle
Organizing Chapter Regent
IL STATE OFFICERS, IL DISTRICT II DIRECTORS and ORGANIZING CAPTAIN JOSEPH OGLE CHAPTER OFFICERS of the NSDAR met at the Bertolet Building in Leaf River for Preliminary Meeting on Saturday, May 31. Left to Right: Mrs. Audrie Christiansen (Incoming District II Director) Freeport; Mrs. Pauline Fry (Past IL State Chaplain & Rockford Chapter Honorary Regent) Rockford; Mrs. Connie Mongan (Vice Regent) Oregon; Mrs. Beth Halfman (Treasurer) Rockford; Mrs. Joyce Hinshaw (IL State Regent) Bloomington; Mrs. Deborah Slager (Recording Secretary) Polo; Mrs. Sharon Ogle (Organizing Chapter Regent) Leaf River; Deborah Patterson (Chaplain) Polo; Mrs. Patricia Stahler (IL State Registrar) Naperville; Mrs. Martha Emling (IL State Organizing Secretary) Pinckneyville; Mrs. Mary Bacon (Registrar) Mount Morris; Mrs. Alice Uphouse (District II Director) Rockford; Susan Strickler (2nd Vice Regent) Oregon; and Mrs. Beth Simeone (Librarian) Oregon. Mrs. Lois Cline (Historian) Oregon not in photo.
ORGANIZING MEMBERS and GUESTS PRESENT FOR THE PRELIMINARY MEETING held in Leaf River on May 31 in the Bertolet Building are: Front Row: Mrs. Pat Franklin, Oregon; Mrs. Kim Boyden, Byron; Mrs. Genniel Anderson, Oregon: Mrs. Lois Cline, Oregon (Chapter Historian); Mrs. Jessie Rushford, Oregon; Mrs. Carol Miller, Rockford; Miss Sarah Malcomson, Rockford; Mrs. Andrea Lape, Rockford; and Mrs. Lois DeGarmo, Freeport. Back Row: Mrs. Margaret Adams, Byron; Mrs. Mary Beth Gober, Polo; Mrs. Lisa Marcinek, Chicago. Also present but not appearing in picture: Mrs. Louise Little, Byron; Mrs. Diane Wenck, Chana; Mrs. Karen Hilliard, Davis Junction; and Mrs. Ann Lantz, Chana.
Sharon Nordman Ogle
1512 East Plum Hill Road
Leaf River, IL 61047-9400